Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Ken Griffin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Citadel

In 1987, Ken Griffin, a then-sophomore at Harvard University, started trading from his dorm room with a fax machine, a personal computer and a telephone. Three years later, Ken founded Citadel and has since served as the firm's chief executive officer. Today, Citadel is recognized as one of the most respected and successful investment firms in the world, managing over $26 billion in capital for its partners. Ken is a passionate philanthropist and civic leader. He supports educational and cultural causes that drive community engagement and improvement through his contributions and participation on several boards. He has given over $500 million, personally and through the Citadel Foundation, to numerous organizations including the University of Chicago, the Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art. Ken is a proud supporter of his alma mater. In 2014, he donated $150 million to support need-based financial aid at Harvard, the largest gift in school history at the time.


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